By Peter Lynch

23rd May, 2023 | 10:19pm

Everton ‘most straightforward’ verdict shared amid ‘major lift’ Sean Dyche claim

Everton have the “most straightforward” final match of the season when it comes to clubs involved in the relegation battle, according to journalist Alex Keble.

The Toffees host Bournemouth at Goodison Park on Sunday (28 May), with the Cherries having secured their Premier League safety.

Leeds United host Tottenham at Elland Road, with Leicester City hosting West Ham at the King Power Stadium.

“Everton have gained control in the battle against the drop, thanks to the latest goal the club have ever scored in the Premier League, an equaliser in the ninth minute of stoppage time from Yerry Mina at Wolverhampton Wanderers,” Keble wrote for the official Premier League website.

“After Leeds United fell to a 3-1 defeat at West Ham United, Everton are now two points clear of the relegation zone. Sean Dyche’s side also have the most straightforward final match and can secure safety with victory at home to AFC Bournemouth on the final day.

“Everton might not have enjoyed a major lift under Dyche, but another late equaliser – their third in the 89th minute or later since the beginning of April – has at least shown a fighting spirit.”

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Intriguing final day

It really is one of the most highly-anticipated relegation battles in the history of the Premier League, with the situation made even more exciting given how the three clubs involved will all be playing at home on the final day of the season.

That means that the home supporters of two clubs will be absolutely devastated at the final whistle, with the other set for pure elation at having avoided the deadly drop.

The Toffees are undoubtedly in the best position going into the final day, not only because they are two points ahead of Leicester and Leeds, but also because they play a team with absolutely nothing to play for.

Leeds are forced to take on a Tottenham side who will be keen to end their frustrating season on a high, while Leicester take on a West Ham side who will be preparing for their Europa Conference League final clash with Fiorentina.

David Moyes may rest key players, but he could alternatively play the side that he thinks he will start in the upcoming European final.